Mental health isn’t hidden anymore. For millions of people, mental health is now something to be honest about – not ashamed of. There is still work to be done, however, and Mind have ramped up their work with people from racialised communities, young people and people living in poverty, who all face a disproportionate struggle to get support and respect.
This Give Back Friday, 25th August, we’re supporting Kema Kay who is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for Mind Charity, by donating 10% of Bellwoods Sales in-store and online.
Kema is a multi-talented performer from the West End of Newcastle who starred in the BAFTA winning film I, Daniel Blake. Since then his career has taken him from strength to strength in the world of music, radio and TV.
Kema also starred in in his own live theatre show 'Shine' which debuted at the Live Theatre in Newcastle and went on the show at other theatres too.
Kema works with Nathalie's husband at Milk Education, as part of their Make Life Kind Initiative, speaking in schools to tackle diversity and inclusion and help young people achieve their dreams and open their eyes to opportunity.
His latest appearance on BBC documentary Therapy: Tough Talking reveals his struggles with his mental health. Kema announced that he would be running the Great North Run in September for Mind aiming to inspire others to seek the help that they need.
Mind Charity provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.